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A Monster Calls (2016)

 

 
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Posted October 8, 2016 by

 
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Critics Review: ★★★★ (2 reviews)
Film Bloggers Review: ★★★★ (12 reviews)

SYNOPSIS

Conor (Lewis MacDougall) yang berusia 12 tahun harus menghadapi lebih banyak hal dari yang biasanya dialami anak laki-laki seusianya. Ibunya (Felicity Jones) yang tersayang menderita sakit. Ia tak seperti neneknya (Sigourney Weaver) yang sombong. Ayahnya (Toby Kebbell) telah pindah ke tempat yang jaraknya sangat jauh darinya. Tetapi, Conor menemukan teman yang tidak disangkanya ketika di suatu malam, Monster (Liam Neeson) muncul di luar jendela kamarnya. Makhluk kuno yang liar dan keras hati ini menuntun Conor dalam sebuah perjalanan untuk menemukan keberanian, keyakinan, dan kebenaran yang sengan kuat menggabungkan imajinasi dan realita.

 

12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance-capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night.

Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.

General Information

Director: J.A. Bayona
Scriptwriter: Patrick Ness
Cast: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Ben Moor, James Melville
Running Time: 108 minutes
Release Date: 8 October 2016 (midnight show)

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CRITICS REVIEW

SHANDY GASELLA (Detik)

NA. Rating: ★★★★

WAYAN DIANANTO (Tabloid Bintang)

NA. Rating: ★★★★

 

BLOGGERS REVIEW

AMIR SYARIF SIREGAR (Amir at the Movies)

A reminiscence of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth on how a young soul deals with tough and darker times, A Monster Calls doesn’t break any new grounds on its story. The screenplay plagued by a moderate case of clichés and emotions often feels manipulative at times–tears engineered through the movie’s soundtrack and lighting rather than honest earned emotions. Still, when the movie hits the right notes, A Monster Calls was able to come with spectacular moments. The visuals are stunning. J.A. Bayona told the stories in such beautiful and graceful manners. And despite some flaws–Sigourney Weaver’s here-and-there British accent and the movie definitely could use a stronger and more relatable performance from its lead actor–the performances of its cast are pretty solid. Felicity Jones gives her absolute best for such an underwritten character. And even with a voice-only performance, Liam Treeson (sorry, had to do it.) is remarkable on employing the rumbling timbre of his vocal to maximum effect. And do watchout for blink-and-you’ll-miss appearances from Treeson on the movie. A Monster Calls has flaws that hold it from being a great, more memorable movie but still a wonderful visual and emotional treat for its audience. Rating: ★★★1/2

ARUL FITTRON (Arul’s Movie Review)

Bisa dibilang, A Monster Calls adalah sebuah drama coming of age dengan sentuhan dark fairytale yang penuh akan kedewasaan. J.A. Bayona berhasil menangkap segala poin-poin penting dalam buku milik Patrick Ness ke dalam film adaptasinya, sehingga A Monster Calls memiliki kekuatan untuk menceritakan ceritanya yang sentimentil dan berdampak pada penontonnya. Keren! Rating: ★★★★★

DANIEL IRAWAN (Daniel Dokter)

In the most heartful and thoughtful ways, A Monster Calls tore you in pieces to pull you stronger. The kind of film that help you make it through. Rating: ★★★★★

ELBERT REYNER (Daily Cinephile)

A Monster Calls may need some more time to digest in the first act, but once you get it, it’s a non-stop emotional roller coaster. Rating: ★★★★1/2

HARY SUSANTO (Movienthusiast)

Cerita tentang bocah 12 tahun dalam menghadapi kenyataan hidup yang disajikan dengan pendekatan fantasi luar biasa. Rating: ★★★★

ODAGOMA RHEINHARD (Layar Tancep)

A Monster Calls adalah kisah yang baik tentang jalan menuju dewasa yang seringkali berat bagi kebanyakan orang. Mengikuti prosesnya akan terasa melelahkan, tapi pada akhirnya ada banyak hal penting tentang berkata dan bertindak benar di dalamnya. Dan seluruh hal berat dalam proses itu akan terbayar dengan keharuan dan sedikit rasa hangat yang menutupnya. Rating: ★★★★

PASKALIS DAMAR (Sinekdoks)

A Monster Calls is a beautiful tale of letting go, adorned with beautiful visuals and scoring. It’s majestic. It’s heartwarming.  It’s personal. Unlike the message it’s transmitting, the story won’t let go easily. Rating: ★★★★★

RASYID HARRY (Movfreak)

A Monster Calls adalah kisah tentang pendewasaan yang dewasa, berhiaskan visi imajinatif Bayona, memainkan rasa secukupnya. Rating: ★★★★1/2

REINO EZRA ANRETI (Ajirenji Mindstream Reviews)

Nggak sulit terbawa pada dunia A Monster Calls, cukuplah itu. Rating: ★★★

TAUFIQUR RIZAL (CineTariz)

A Monster Calls adalah sebuah dongeng soal penerimaan yang dihamparkan dalam visual menakjubkan dan tuturan menyentuh yang mengobrak-abrik emosi. Rating: ★★★★

TEGUH RASPATI (UlasanPilem)

A Monster Calls yang katanya tearjerker masih kalah tearjerking sama Pete’s Dragon. Rating: ★★★

VINCENT JOSE (The Jose Movie Review)

A Monster Calls was a highly imaginative way to teach about coming-of-age problems. Rating: ★★★★

 

Last Updated: 18 October 2016

 


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